fit as a fiddle
Origin unknown; possibly alliterative.
- (Received Pronunciation, General American) IPA(key): /ˈfɪt æz ə ˈfɪdl̩/
- Hyphenation: fit as a fid‧dle
- (simile, colloquial) Perfectly fit; in excellent condition or health.
1915 September 3, P[elham] G[renville] Wodehouse, chapter 2, in Something New (Project Gutenberg; EBook #2042), New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, published 6 September 2008 (Project Gutenberg version), OCLC 504795405:
- You wake up, feeling as fit as a fiddle; you look at the window and see the sun, and thank Heaven for a fine day.
2008 April 10, Alexander Jung; Christoph Pauly, “Crashing the party of Icelandic prosperity”, in Spiegel Online, archived from the original on 8 January 2015:
- Icelanders will assure you that their economy is really as fit as a fiddle, and it is true that the country does produce a tidy budget surplus.
- “be (as) fit as a fiddle” in Colin McIntosh, editor, Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary, 4th edition, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013, ISBN 978-1-107-03515-7; reproduced on the Cambridge English Dictionary, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, retrieved 14 February 2017.
- “As fit as a fiddle” in Gary Martin, The Phrase Finder, 1997–, retrieved 14 February 2017.